Get out and do something

Yesterday, it got cold. I think the weatherman said the temperature dropped twenty degrees in two hours. I do not enjoy needing more clothes on when I leave work than I did when I got there. But with the cooler weather comes the need to do some fall-y things. So grab your cozy sweater, a thermos of your preferred hot beverage, and get out and about:

Downtown this weekend is the Mississippi International Film Festival, October 21-23, complete with street festival, 1950s hot-rod car show, and special guest Danny Glover (I am a fan of Angels in the Outfield). And I hear even a few Elvises will be making an appearance Saturday night.

And if you’re looking to get in the mood for Halloween, there will also be Spookfest as a part of the Festival. Late each night they will be showing Herschell Gordon Lewis’ (dubbed the “Godfather of Gore”) Blood Trilogy. This literally is not for the faint-hearted – per the website, “all viewers with heart conditions will be asked to sign waivers before the Gore-fest begins.” Yeah, I’m going to sit that one out. But I know some of you crazies out there like that kind of stuff, so there you go. And don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume.

Check the Festival’s website for ticket info. Events are at the Davis Planetarium.

Next weekend the annual Red Beans and Rice Festival is back again. Each year, local sponsors cook up a huge serving of their own unique take on red beans and rice. And lucky you, you get to try all of the different booths’ cuisine for just the entrance fee to the festival. Then vote on your favorite! There’s even a contest for the best booth, and a kids’ costume contest.  And the best part of all: 100% of the proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services, a great ministry to the needy in our community. So come on out and stuff your bellies full! Check the website for ticket info. The festival is at Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS.

Have you carved your jack-o-lanterns yet? We’re over half-way through October, so you better get on it (which means me too)! Take a trip to a nearby pumpkin patch to pick your own.

  • Mississippi Agricultural Museum – right in the middle of Jackson, you won’t have to go far to find your perfect pumpkin. Check website for times and pricing.
  • Nichols-Boyd Pumpkin Patch in Brandon – pumpkin patch, corn maze, campfires, and hayrides. Looks like weekdays are only for scheduled groups, but it’s open to the public on weekends. Check website for times and pricing.
  • Rock-a-doodle Ranch with pumpkin patch and corn maze – 887 Highway 17, Canton, MS 39046-9574. No website, but their phone is (601) 594 0389.

Usually, Ben and I forgo the trip to the farm and just get a pumpkin at Kroger. But I have never done a corn maze, so I might have to talk him into one of those this year.

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